Monthly archive April, 2016

HEAR THIS: Vanessa Bling “Worst” + Instagram Video

HEAR THIS: Vanessa Bling "Worst" + Instagram Video

Gaza Slim Takes “Work” Remix To The Next Level With Instagram Video

Rumor has it that Rihanna’s chart-topping dancehall smash “Work” was inspired by a certain ex boyfriend who “took the heart on her sleeve for decoration.” In her new yardstyle refix (produced by Markus) the artist formerly known as Gaza Slim takes Rihanna’s “Work” to the next level. Just a few of the choice quotables: “Me have another man him like it / Him have a bigger better joystick.” “Every minute gal a breed / When me waan fi wuk you ah sleep.”  “Money me need me nuh need no sufferation / Gimme the keys fi mi car you a wasteman / Yuh mussi wan’ fi go sleep up ah the station.” “Pack your clothes them please / I want you to leave / Me ah go dash them out on the street.” “I know AIDS will get to you” Audio After The Jump… Read more »

Rihanna Putting In “Work” As Her Dancehall Single Tops Billboard Chart For 8th Consecutive Week

Rihanna Putting In "Work" As Her Dancehall Single Tops Billboard Chart For 8th Consecutive Week

Bajan BadGyal Ties The Beatles With 57 Career Weeks At #1

As the dancehall World Boss put it in his 2015 anthem, “Dancehall cyaa stall forever and ever.” Rihanna has once again proved Kartel’s maxim as her single “Work,” featuring Drake posts its eigth consecutive week at the top of the pop charts. The music industry bible Billboard reported today that the Bajan pop star has reached a new career milestone, tying The Beatles with her 57th career week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100,  which measures the most popular singles in the U.S.A.  Full Story After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Dexta Daps “F U” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Dexta Daps "F U" Official Music Video

The Dappa Continues To Explore The Unspoken Dramas That Unfold In The Bedroom

As the Jamaican Proverb goes, who cyaa hear aguh feel. And for budding dancehall crooner Dexta Daps, he learns the hard way from his main female Denyque in the video treatment for “F U.” Shot by Dunwell Productions, the tune finds Dappa Don suffering the consequences of all those sexual encounters he sang about in 2013 with “Pretty Nicki,” as him find out seh girlfriend ah f*ck pon him too. Video After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Popcaan “Never Sober” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Popcaan "Never Sober" Official Music Video

Think Fast: Your Girl’s Driving You To The Beach And Three Sexy Girls Flag You Down! What Do You Do?

Jamaican dancehall sensation (and Stussy spokesmanPopcaan has cemented himself in  urban mainstream music culture by collaborating with the the likes of budding hip-hop artist Young Thug and more. Following his guest appearance on Drake’s leaked “Controlla” single, Poppy keeps the momentum going with the official video to his Not-Nice-produced 2015 summer smash, “Never Sober,” where he pulls up to the beach for an all-day unruly waterfront rave with Creep Chromatic on the wheels of steel. The weather is warm, Hennessy is flowing in abundance, and in true gyallis fashion, nuff gyal deh bout. Video After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Noah Landale “Jamaica” Official Music Video PREMIERE

WATCH THIS: Noah Landale "Jamaica" Official Music Video PREMIERE

The Rising Of A New Voice Out of JA By Way of The UK

Dividing his time between London, England and his Jamaican birthplace, singer Noah Landale has developed a cosmopolitan approach to reggae that encompasses various influences and has a multi-generational appeal. His current single “Can’t Let Go,” produced by London-based Andre Solid for the Blue Rain Entertainment imprint, marries elements of Phyllis Dillon’s  1967 rock steady classic “If You Knew” with Noah’s dynamic, contemporary vocals lamenting a relationship that’s grown cold. When you come to my show you will be 100% entertained. Bob Marley, Beres Hammond, all the greats perform like they respect you for spending your money to come out and see them. That is the reggae artist I want to be.” Boomshots is proud to premiere his first music video, an ode to the island in the sun that’s sure to be heard for many years to come. Noah will make his New York City debut at IRIE Jam Radio’s annual Oracabessa Festival on May 31, with more US dates to be added throughout the summer. Noah is confident his music will be well received because “the power of good music can’t be denied,” he says. But don’t take his word for it; judge for yourself. Video After The Jump… Read more »

Sasco, Cham, Tanya, Jovi & Omari Shell Down SXSW 2016, Represent Reggae & Dancehall To The Fullest

Sasco, Cham, Tanya, Jovi & Omari Shell Down SXSW 2016, Represent Reggae & Dancehall To The Fullest

Irie Jam x Boomshots Make History at SXSW 2016

With tens of thousands of performers, panels, and premieres packed into nine short days, SXSW is all about FOMO. Whether you’re in Austin or not, Fear Of Missing Out is simply inevitable. So fret not thyself if you didn’t get a chance to witness Irie Jam and Boomshots making history with the greatest reggae and dancehall showcase in SXSW history. We’ve got you covered.  Video & Photos After The Jump… Read more »

Major Lazer Mashes Up Mumbai

Major Lazer Mashes Up Mumbai

Diplo, Walshy & Jillionaire Drop Bombs in Bombay

“India is special and its beauty absolutely humbled me,” said Diplo in the comments for Major Lazer’s “Lean On” video—one of the most popular music videos in history, with over 1.25 BILLION views. That video was shot in Mumbai aka Bombay, the booming metropolis on India’s west coast. Earlier this year Major Lazer brought the Mad Decent Block party to Mumbai and Boomshots was there to witness the magic (shout out to Jillionaire—good lookin’ out fam). “Major Lazer has always been a culture mashup,” Diplo says. “To us, India feels like some kind of special creature with one foot in history and one firmly in the future. The experience is something we’ll never forget.” Watch yah now. Video After The Jump… Read more »

The Don Dada Returns To NYC: Super Cat Confirmed for Memorial Day Performance

The Don Dada Returns To NYC: Super Cat Confirmed for Memorial Day Performance

Irie Jam Productions Confirms Super Cat For Oracabessa Festival 2016

Although it took root in the ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica, Reggae has always been a majestic music. From the days of Bob Marley and Dennis Brown there have been certain artists who always bring that royal vibes to forefront. And while many great artists have played their part within the music fraternity, many shall be called and few chosen. These are the artists whose every public appearance, every performance, indeed every utterance is a major event for lovers of reggae music. In the dancehall era  living legends live Shabba Ranks have carried the music forward to the highest heights. Another such name is that of the Wild Apache, the Don Dada, Super Cat. Today Irie Jam Productions confirmed that Super Cat will take the stage at the Oracabessa Music Festival in Jamaica Queens this Memorial Day—Monday, May 30th. Mr. Cat joins an all-star lineup that includes Mavado, Ken Boothe, The Mighty Sparrow, Nesbeth, and rising star Vershon making this all-day festival a must-see event. Video After The Jump… Read more »

How Busy Signal “Everybody Move” Wound Up in That LG Smartphone Ad

How Busy Signal "Everybody Move" Wound Up in That LG Smartphone Ad

Chicago Ad Agency Energy BBDO Explains Why They Chose The Turf  Prez For Their Cool New Spot

Turn on any radio station in the world for thirty minutes right now and you’re guaranteed to hear tropical house dancehall tracks by Rihanna/Drake and Justin “Natty Dread” Bieber/Skrillex. But thankfully the current boom in Jamaican music is not completely bypassing Jamaican artists. “Everybody Move,” a track produced by DJ Karim and featuring vocals by dancehall star Busy Signal, provides the soundtrack of a new ad campaign for South Korean multinational conglomerate LG. The super-fly ad, which has over 2 million views on Youtube, also features the British actor Jason Statham in a mind-bending array of characters. But judging by the comments, most of the excitement centers around the futuristic music. “The feedback has been incredible,” says Daniel Kuypers, Director of Music for Energy BBDO, the Chicago-based ad agency responsible for the trend-setting spot. “From the moment we heard it we were like, ‘This song is really cool!'”  Video & Interview After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: K’Coneil “Hot Like You” Official Music Video PREMIERE

WATCH THIS: K'Coneil "Hot Like You" Official Music Video PREMIERE

Nothing Beats A Fly Chick In A Fast Whip

We first noticed K’Coneil when he dropped “Me One,” a humorous counteraction to Dexta Daps’ “7Eleven.” Since then the MoBay-born singer who attended college in the U.S.—and once sang at Madison Square Garden as part of a contemporary gospel group—has carved out his own lane within the music space, with a “genre fluid” style that’s sure to catch the ear of the wide world as he prepares his debut EP for release this year. While Seanizzle’s popular “90s Don Dada” riddim (distributed by the might 21st Hapilos Digital) is technically a “throwback” within modern dancehall, KC’s excursion on the version is 100% fast forward. “As a blend of Sean Paul and Usher, I see K’Coneil as the promissory voice of the future,” says the producer. “His dancehall flavor mixed with the pop yet edgy appeal is one that makes you want to dig a little deep and hear more.” Always on the lookout to champion the best and brightest new stars on the horizon, Boomshots proudly premieres the whiptastic video for “Hot Like You.” From the moment those Lambo doors lift up you know you’re in for something special. Leggo! Video After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Tifa “The Champ” x “Big Bumper” Official Music Video PREMIERE

WATCH THIS: Tifa "The Champ" x "Big Bumper" Official Music Video PREMIERE

“Crouching Tiger Meets Kill Bill Meets Jamaica Booty Pageant”

Tifa’s visuals are always next level, and this medley video featuring two songs—”The Champ” produced by Zj Chrome on the The Champ Riddim & “Big Bumper” on Birch’s Moskato Riddim (both distributed by the might 21st Hapilos Digital)—is no exception. Shot on location in Kingston Jamaica at the Chinese Garden in Hope Gardens the video was directed by RD Studios Jamaica with styling & makeup by Dexter 3D Pottinger. “In terms of the concept, it’s ‘Crouching Tiger’ meets ‘Kill Bill’ meets Jamaican booty/bumper pageant,” the DJ explained to Boomshots. (Things get pretty hilarious in that over-the-top pageant scene—with DJ Chi-Ching-Ching, producer Birch and comedian/radio host Dufton “Duffy” Shepherd as judges.) Later, in a heartfelt IG post, she elaborated on her creative spirit: “I was born different! I guess that’s why no matter what I always take a different approach to things🙏🏾🌟 & I wouldn’t change it for anything. I wouldn’t change me for anything💙” Neither would be. Boomshots is proud to premiere this very special video. Video After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Jesse Royal “Silent River”

HEAR THIS: Jesse Royal "Silent River"

The Palace Pikney’s Lyrics Run Deep

Opening with a sample of Horsemouth’s speech from the classic Jamaican midnight movie Rockers, Jesse Royal’s latest single, “Silent River” runs as deep as its title suggests. “We step through the valley of death without fear,” he rhymes in his trademark melodic flow, “Lion nuh join squabble with eagle and bear.” Although it reworks a chorus from the version found on Royal’s critically acclaimed Royally Speaking mixtape, this is a totally new version, produced by Kareem “Remus” Burrell for XTM Nation‘s Living Heart Vol. 2, a tribute to the producer’s late father, Philip “Fatis” Burrell. With Kirk ‘Kirkledove’ Bennett on drums, Llamar ‘Riff Raff’ Brown on keyboards, Mitchum ‘Khan’ Chin on guitar, and a legendary horn section featuring Nambo Robinson on trombone and Dean Frasier on sax, the track is an all-star affair, providing a fitting soundscape for the lyrical Beretta to buss.  Audio After The Jump… Read more »